Michah - Micah 3


1And I said:Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob,And rulers of the house of Israel:Is it not for you to know justice?
2Who hate the good, and love the evil;Who rob their skin from off them, And their flesh from off their bones;
3Who also eat the flesh of my people,And flay their skin from off them,And break their bones;Yea, they chop them in pieces, as that which is in the pot,And as flesh within the caldron.
4Then shall they cry unto the Lord,But He will not answer them;Yea, He will hide His face from them at that time,According as they have wrought evil in their doings.
5Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people to err;That cry: ‘Peace’, when their teeth have any thing to bite;And whoso putteth not into their mouths,They even prepare war against him:
6Therefore it shall be night unto you, that ye shall have no vision;And it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine;And the sun shall go down upon the prophets,And the day shall be black over them.
7And the seers shall be put to shame, and the diviners confounded;Yea, they shall all cover their upper lips;For there shall be no answer of God.
8But I truly am full of power by the spirit of the Lord,And of justice, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression,And to Israel his sin.
9Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob,And rulers of the house of Israel,That abhor justice, and pervert all equity;
10That build up Zion with blood,And Jerusalem with iniquity.
11The heads thereof judge for reward,And the priests thereof teach for hire,And the prophets thereof divine for money;Yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say:‘Is not the Lord in the midst of us?No evil shall come upon us’?
12Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field,And Jerusalem shall become heaps,And the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.